Category: Agriculture

Oil companies fracking into drinking water sources, new research shows – L.A. Times, Aug. 14, 2014

August 14, 2014
By Neela Banerjee Energy companies are fracking for oil and gas at far shallower depths than widely believed, sometimes through underground sources of drinking water, according to research released Tuesday by Stanford University scientists. Though researchers cautioned their study of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, employed at two Wyoming geological formations showed no direct evidence of water-supply contamination, their work is certain to roil the public health debate over the risks of the controversial oil and gas production process....
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New study shows elk avoid areas of energy development – Casper Star-Tribune, July 26, 2014

August 8, 2014
By Trevor Gaff Energy companies often work in Wyoming’s most remote areas. These places are also home to the state’s mule deer, pronghorn and elk, among other big game animals, which can present a sometimes tricky challenge of balancing conservation with economic development. But the coexistence of big game and Wyoming’s growing energy industry is a juggling act becoming more familiar with every newly developed well pad, tank battery or mine site. Studies suggest big game can coexist...
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Sixth annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival features locally produced work

August 8, 2014
Wild & Scenic Film Festival 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12 Babcock Theatre Downtown Billings $10 at door ($8 advance) BILLINGS, Mont. -- A video about oil and gas development in Montana and produced by Billings videographer Eric Warren has caught the attention of Josh Fox (Gasland and Gasland II) and the organizers of a national film festival. Mixing Oil and Water will be featured at Northern Plains Resource Council’s sixth annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Mark your calendar for Friday, Sept. 12,...
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Trains boot Washington fruit crops to carry more coal, oil – Sightline, Aug. 8, 2014

August 8, 2014
A major shipper of state crops gives up on its service to Midwest, East Coast, blaming delays caused by oil and coal trains. By Floyd McKay One of the major shippers for Washington fruits and field crops has given up on express shipments to the Midwest and East Coast, blaming delays on the BNSF Railways’ increased shipment of coal and oil. Growers of Washington apples and other major crops have already been turning to long-haul trucking, as BNSF...
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Cloud Peak Energy posts $2.1 million loss – Associated Press, July 31, 2014

August 4, 2014
GILLETTE, Wyo.  — Cloud Peak Energy, which operates only in the Powder River Basin, has posted a $2.1 million loss in the second quarter of 2014, compared to a $4.1 million gain for the same period last year. Cloud Peak, like other mining operations in the basin, has been affected by rail service disruptions. That's what Cloud Peak president and CEO Colin Marshall said during an earnings conference call this week. He said that some 20.6 million tons of...
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Press release: Poll finds majority of Montanans oppose mining coal for export, July 31, 2014

July 31, 2014
ATTACHMENTS: The FM3 poll report at  The referenced Sightline report can be found at www.sightline.org/research/unfair-market-value/ By Northern Plains Resource Council BILLINGS, Mont.  – A new poll finds a wide majority of Montanans oppose mining more Montana coal for export to Asia. Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3) recently completed a survey of Montana voters and found that 56% of Montana voters oppose mining more Montana coal for export. Voters were asked the question: “Coal companies are interested in mining coal...
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Press release: Montana rancher testifies at Denver hearing on behalf of EPA air pollution rules, July 29, 2014

July 29, 2014
Here is a link to Fix’s oral and written testimony at the EPA hearing:  By Northern Plains Resource Council Mark Fix, a Tongue River rancher and Past Chair of the Northern Plains Resource Council, called new EPA rules to curb carbon pollution 30% by 2030 a “good step in the right direction.” Fix, a member of the Northern Plains Coal Task Force, testified on Tuesday at a regional hearing in Denver about the need to address climate change in order to protect...
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Advocates line up to discuss EPA clean air rules – Associated Press, July 29, 2014

July 29, 2014
HTTP://WWW.AURORASENTINEL.COM/BREAKING-NEWS/ADVOCATES-LINE-DISCUSS-EPA-CLEAN-AIR-RULES/#STHASH.G31XZTKZ.DPUF ‘There's things out there we need to develop — the hydro, the wind, the solar, a lot of the renewables,’ Fix said Monday. Fix ranches southwest of Miles City, Montana, and is a member of the Northern Plains Resource Council. By Dan Elliott DENVER | Hundreds of people will tell the Environmental Protection Agency what they think of proposed rules to cut pollution from power plants during public hearings Tuesday and Wednesday in Denver. With just five minutes each to...
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Letter: Tongue River Railroad: Delay is good news for Montana – Missoulian, July 27, 2014

July 28, 2014
The recent delay of the Tongue River Railroad (detailed in the July 18 article, “Coal railroad’s delay reflects hurdle for exports”) is a blow for out-of-state corporations but good news for Montanans. This railroad’s sole purpose would be to haul coal mined by St. Louis-based Arch Coal from southeast Montana to existing rail lines, from which the coal would be exported to China and other overseas markets. This scheme leaves Montanans to deal with the pollution costs of...
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